Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Patrick Keane, Center Director/Owner
I was one of those struggling kids that had difficulty with math all through elementary school. It was not until the 7th grade that I met the first math teacher who helped math make sense to me. From then on I loved math and even took algebra and geometry my sophomore year in high school so I could take calculus my senior year. College came and I had to make a decision between math and biology (my other love). Biology won out and I went on to pursue a masters degree in wildlife management at Louisiana State University. While at LSU we were required to take statistics courses to help in our research and my love of math was rekindled. To make a long story short I switched degrees and earned my masters in applied statistics. I moved to the Chicago area in 1989 and started a career in the IT field where I have applied my math skills ever since. I discovered Mathnasium while searching for math help for my oldest daughter. During my research I realized Mathnasium was for me! The method of instruction and how Mathnasium focuses on the fundamentals and making math make sense to kids won me over.
I love being able to contribute to the community and every time I see a struggling student come to the center I think back to my years when I struggled with math. Seeing the light bulb moments and the increase in a student's confidence drives me.
During my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and four kids, along with my two beautiful granddaughters. I also enjoy canoeing in the Boundary Waters and supporting Wheeling High School's music programs.
Eli Favela, Instructor
Eli graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha with a Bachelor's degree and majoring in Mathematics and Physics. In addition to his majors, during college he took many classes in computer science and Japanese and participated in clubs ranging from Pokemon to Ultimate Frisbee. His other interests include origami, Japanese animation, and scuba-diving. A very cool project he worked on was with fellow undergraduates and NASA to develop experiments which he personally tested in zero-gravity on the Weightless Wonder airplane. Overall he spent about an hour floating in zero-g.
Previous experience with tutoring physics at college has taught him that everyone learns the same concept differently, which has personally helped him gain the ability to quickly articulate multiple methods of explaining a problem.
Laura Carbone, Instructor
Laura was born and raised in Elk Grove Village, IL. She earned her A.S. from Harper College in 2013 and then transferred to Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated as the Salutatorian of her class with a B.S. in Mathematics with Secondary Education certification and a minor in Human Development. Laura worked as a student teacher where she taught grades 9-12 Algebra 1 and College Algebra. She is also a CRLA certified tutor and worked as a peer tutor in college. She was a First-Year Mentor and founded/directed Carlow's first acapella group, The Celtic Crescendos. Laura currently holds a license to teach grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania and grades 9-12 in Illinois. She currently substitute teaches in District 214 and District 211.
Laura loves Mathnasium because it provides her with an opportunity to work with students directly and witness those "lightbulb" moments. While teaching mathematics is a central focus in her life, Laura's hobbies include playing/listening to/writing music, playing video games, cooking/baking, and anything related to superheroes/Star Wars. She also loves spending time with her fiancé, Russell, their dog, Lexi, and their family and friends.
FUN FACT: Laura plays several instruments and writes/arranges music in her limited free time. She is currently writing a musical!
Lia DeCoursey, Instructor
Lia is a recent graduate of Wheeling High School. While at Wheeling, Lia tutored students of all grades, primarily in math and physics. She was also on Wheeling's Math team and was voted team captain for the 2016/2017 school year. Playing the french horn is one of Lia's passions and she continues to play french horn at Northeastern University in Boston while working on her physics degree. One of her goals is to do an internship at CERN. Lia loves working with kids and her calm and patient demeanor is a great asset. We always look forward to having Lia come back to the center to help out while on breaks.
Tristan Pink, Instructor
Tristan is a recent graduate of Wheeling High School. While at Wheeling, Tristan was on the water polo and math team's. He also played french horn for Wheeling's wind symphony and participated in Wheeling's marching band. Tristan studied mutlivariate calculus while at Wheeling and is able to work with students of all levels. Look for Tristan to be at the center over school breaks while he studies computer science at the University of Minnesota.
Muhammad Ghias, Instructor
After getting his degree in Business Administration in Pakistan, Muhammad moved to the United States to start his career in the finance and banking industry. He is currently working on his Masters degree at DePaul University. Muhammad comes to us with a strong background in mathematics and is able to relate well with our students. He loves to explain math to the students in a way that makes sense to them.
Attending the different auto shows is one of Muhammad's favorite things to do and you can be sure to see him when the Chicago Auto Show comes to town in February. Muhammad's favorite sports are Cricket and Soccer, Real Madrid and Arsenal are his favorite soccer teams.
Noah Favela, Instructor
Noah earned his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree from Iowa State University. During his time at college, he studied abroad twice. The first time was a month long stay during the summer in China. During his free time, he went to multiple tourist destinations such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. The second time he studied abroad was in the Netherlands for a spring semester. He managed to travel around to more than 15 different countries while studying in the Netherlands, and he had a great time!
While at Iowa State University, Noah studied multiple subjects from Greek mythology to calculus to computer science. He also played the trumpet and violin during school. In addition to playing instruments, some things that Noah enjoys are travelling, playing videogames, camping, and of course math.
Liam Badalamenti, Instructor
Liam graduated from John Hersey High School in 2013 and is currently working on his associate's degree at Harper College. Liam was on the math team in high school freshman through senior year, and spends much of his spare time learning independently. He enjoys puzzles, long distance running, debate, and strategy games, but his greatest passion has always been math since childhood. He recently switched majors from Actuarial Science to pursue a degree in Pure Mathematics, and loves exploring and sharing concepts with others!